21 October 2011

Hello Napier

The Soapbox
What interesting times we live in!
Napier may be a small, sleepy village in amongst the canola and wheat fields, but stagnant it is not. There is a dynamism and an ever- moving undercurrent that ensures a long term longevity for both those who simply reside here, and those who rely on those who live here, for their livelihood. Namely, the businesses of Napier.

As we approach the summer holiday season (which we all hope will be a bumper one) we see new entrepreneurs - and old ones - beginning to strut their stuff. "My Skat" furnishings and ornaments, the upcoming wellness weekend, a new coffee shop, the Napier Media House - all helping to make Napier more attractive as a place to stop, and hopefully, stay a while.

We have Agulhas Tourism promoting our greater Overberg region, which includes Napier, and now we also have Napiertourism.co.za, based in the new Napier Media House, promoting our village and surrounds. By having the same comprehensive long term vision and working in tandem, these two bodies can and will ensure Napier becomes the destination it deserves to be. The sum is always greater that it's parts.

On a lighter note ...
Received this delightful 'story' from Cathy Buggs

The Green Thing
In the queue at the shop, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologised to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment." She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drinks bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over again. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery shop and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go a couple of hundred yards.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Wales. In the kitchen, we whipped and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble-wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. We drank from a fountain or tap when we were thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerised gadget to receive a signal from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

CALL FOR INTEREST - SAARP - SA Association for Retired Persons
SAARP Hermanus is a non profit, social club that offers its members an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. In this way many lonely people's needs for social interaction are catered for. The club's recent visit to Napier was a delight and many folk have returned to our village to look and see again.

The Hermanus Club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month in which interesting guest speakers, entertainers and casual fun activities are arranged. On the third Thursday of each month members go on outings and sightseeing tours where delicious lunches are served at discounted rates. Annual membership fees are R50pp and R80 per couple.

The club members receive a monthly club newsletter, are entitled to numerous discounts in and around Hermanus as well as pensioner rates for tickets to theatre and shows at The ArtsCape Theatre, to mention but a few.

From Ingrid Green the Chairlady "Over the past 4 months the membership has increased dramatically, so much so that we have had to move to bigger premises for our monthly meetings. Club meetings are lively and entertaining where members interact on a social level like never before while they enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at a minimal fee. Home made jams and confectionery is available for purchase. The second hand book stall gives our members the opportunity to buy books at extremely reasonable prices".

The SAARP umbrella body offers members further benefits for travel, holiday clubs which offer off peak accommodation at unbelievably low rates, household and short term insurance plus many more. A bi-annual bulletin is made available, through which members are kept up to date with the latest happenings on the retiree front. There is also a monthly newsletter which keeps its members informed of further benefits.

We are considering starting a SAARP Social Club in Napier.

If you are interested in changing your lifestyle, interacting with other special people and making new friends then SAARP is for you.

Contact details:
Lindy Warren at Napier Media House
028 423 3834 or 08444 22010
info@napiertourism.co.za

Ingrid Green - Chairlady (SAARP) - Hermanus
(028) 316 2390/082 552 0655
email: ingridgreen@hermanus.co.za

Reneesance Update
Reneessance the Larder will launch their new yoghurt range on Friday, 21 October at 10H00. They will have yoghurt for tasting as well as for sale.

They will also have a 2 day bread course on Wednesday and Thursday, 26 & 27 October. Limited space, contact Renee for more information at renee@jdwines.co.za or 0825777041

Safety and the Census
In the interest of your safety, please take note of the Census 2011 information / communication below.

There might be people out there who are going to use the Census as a means to get access to resident's properties. Please ensure that the Census employees are legitimate, and be aware for your own safety. The purpose of this newsletter is to create awareness for you around the forthcoming Census 2011 that commences on 10 October and ends on 31 October 2011.

At the same time we also want to make you aware of what is expected from you when meeting with a Statistics South Africa Enumerator conducting the Census and any security questions that may result from this process. Below is clarity on the correct procedures when an Enumerator arrives at your home.

The Enumerator's will go from house to house spending about 20 - 25 minutes per household to complete the questionnaire asking about 75 questions as contained in the Census 2011 questionnaire.

Enumerator's will be identifiable by the following:
• Census identification badges
• Census bibs/vests, bags and folders.

You are quite entitled to ask the Enumerator for his/her Census ID badge, and if necessary follow up at the call centre to verify them on 0800 11 0248.

We anticipate that on some Residential Estates - Body Corporates may elect to provide escorts to the Enumerator's in order to assist in the process. This may be done by an on-site security officer or an elected person within the Estate.

If you do not want to grant an Enumerator access directly to your home you are not obliged to do so, but you are obliged under the Statistics Act (Act No 6 of 1999) to provide your household information on the questionnaire. You may complete the questionnaire in the privacy of your home and then return the questionnaire to the Enumerator.

Or

Give your information to the Enumerator in the following way:
• in your yard
• over your gate
• through a fence
This is your choice. It is essential however that this process be communicated to residents in advance.

For further information in this regard please refer to the Census web site. http://www.statssa.gov.za/Census2011/default.asp or if you have any queries, please direct them to the Census Call Centre on 0800 110 248

Patatfestival 2012
The request for assistance with the Patatfestival 2012 has apparently fallen on deaf ears. A very limited response has been received, not enough to keep the incredible motion of our previous two festivals going. Sadly if no further response is forthcoming, Renee will have to bow out as well which will leave the festival hanging in the air. The half marathon will still be in place but all the other attractions around that will disappear and we will revert back to what was a very dismal Patatfestival a few years ago. This is a village affair and the village should be involved in the various aspects of the organizing. If more people come on board we can spread the work so that everyone can do their bit and still manage their businesses.
Contact Renee urgently at 082 5777 041 or renee@jdwines.co.za

Deal of a lifetime !
A message from Jeanette
As probably all know by now, we have sold our property in the main road in Napier and I have decided not to continue with the skin care and cosmetics sales. What with running my new dog grooming business and home schooling Slayte, my hands are pretty full.

This, in the short term, is good news for YOU, my customers, as I am clearing all my stock from the shop. Everything is now 1/2 of the original retail price! So get in there while the stock lasts. For customers spending R500 or more, I am also offering a further 10% off the new price. To order your products you may reply to this email address or tel/SMS 072 516 1579. This is cash sales only...sorry, but I will not be able to keep products for you.

Found
Cellphone - Kleinhowes, Napier. Tel: 072 516 1579

Christmas Shopping?
"You can now buy a gift voucher for the Red Windmill, which can be used at any of the shops - the Nursery or Farmstall, Vintage, Coolbeans and Dave's Country Kitchen. This is a great, versatile "Anytime" gift, and you can spend whatever you like from R10 upwards. Call 028 4233576 for more details or pop in and pick one up."

The last laugh

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

This Day in History (21st Oct)

  • 1492 - Columbus' discovers America (Oct 12, 1492 Julian calender)
  • 1520 - Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean)
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb
  • 1950 - Chinese forces occupy Tibet
  • 1958 - 1st women in English House of Lords
  • 1977 - US recalls William Bowdler, ambassador to South Africa
  • 1997 - Elton John's tribute to Diana breaks world record, 318 million copies

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Until next time
Mark

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